Towards the end of last week the Ford Cortina Mk 3, which has been languishing at the bottom of Model Boating Pond for some time, became visible again as water levels dropped.
The car has been the center of much gossip on the Heath as stories emerge about how and when it got there. The male adult swan from Highgate No. 1 must have heard the gossip too and came up to the pond to see the spectacle for himself.
While there was no immediate danger to the swan, there was a concern he might get stuck in the silt and mud as water levels dropped further. Over the weekend staff from the Swan Sanctuary came to the Heath to help move the swan back to Highgate No.1. There were a few attempts to capture him but eventually he flew down of his own accord.
He has now been reunited with his family on Highgate No. 1 where we are hoping he will stay. A happy ending for all.
Pictures courtesy of Ron Vester.